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 (ăb-stro͞os′, əb-)
Difficult to understand; recondite: The students avoided the professor's abstruse lectures.

[Latin abstrūsus, past participle of abstrūdere, to hide : abs-, ab-, away; see ab-1 + trūdere, to push; see treud- in Indo-European roots.]

ab·struse′ly adv.
ab·struse′ness n.
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Noun1.abstruseness - the quality of being unclear or abstruse and hard to understandabstruseness - the quality of being unclear or abstruse and hard to understand
incomprehensibility - the quality of being incomprehensible
2.abstruseness - wisdom that is recondite and abstruse and profoundabstruseness - wisdom that is recondite and abstruse and profound; "the anthropologist was impressed by the reconditeness of the native proverbs"
wisdom - accumulated knowledge or erudition or enlightenment
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[æbˈstruːsnɪs] Nlo recóndito, carácter m abstruso
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(əbˈstruːs) adjective
difficult to understand. abstruse reasoning.
abˈstruseness noun
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"Readily; I have solved others of an abstruseness ten thousand times greater.
Adding to bureaucratic abstruseness is one of several deliberate flaws in Peca's design: the use of vague and highly subjective terminology such as 'objectionable content'.
The inquisition that formulates the basics for searching for a solution considers problem to be infallible; its abstruseness and being unanswerable posit it as a stronger question.
On the one hand, this enigmatic pondering on the nature of time draws the reader into its musing by way of its very abstruseness. The lines move from a relatively intuitive notion--that the past conditions the present and that the present conditions the future--to the more conjectural and fatalistic notion that the past contains the future, arriving finally at the puzzling possibility that "all time is unredeemable." We might wonder, what is time being redeemed from?
Biography may provide the problematic inheritance of a vanishing distinctiveness that is precisely defective as a way of handling the intricacy and abstruseness of resourcefulness.
depicts a moment that only his words, his poetry, can create', thus compensating the abstruseness of the abstract principle with the visual immediacy of poetic description.
persistence and abstruseness, reflect the failings of habeas law more
This 'show talk' has been described as a version of The Emperor's New Clothes when it earns false adoration from those too confronted by the abstruseness of the language to question it (Medvetz, 2012: 89).
(3) Psychological attributes such as France's "velocita, eleganza, spontaneita" (velocity, elegance, spontaneity); Japan's "agilita, progresso, risolutezza" (agility, progress, resoluteness); Montenegro's "indipendenza, ambizione, temerita" (independence, ambition, and temerity) are thus visually opposed to Germany's "filosofumo, pesantezza, rozzezza, brutalita" (philosophic abstruseness, heaviness, coarseness, brutality); Austria's "bigottismo, papalismo, inquisizione" (bigotry, Papalism, inquisition) and Turkey's complete lack of qualities (indicated with a zero).
If the term topodynamics connotes an uninviting abstruseness, the opening lines of this interesting collection are bracingly frank (if unhelpfully gendered):
There are many good reasons to contemplate Wojtyfa's philosophy despite its abstruseness. But his greatest contribution is a calling to philosophers and theologians to pose anew the vital question of man's unique prerogatives among God's creatures.